Badi Assad (São João da Boa Vista, December 23, 1966) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist in the jazz and worldbeat genres.

She was born in the state of São Paulo, but grew up in Rio de Janeiro until she was twelve. Her father, Jorge Assad, of Lebanese descent, plays bandolim (mandolin), and her two older brothers are guitarists Sérgio Assad and Odair Assad of Duo Assad.

Assad studied classical guitar at the University of Rio de Janeiro and won the Young Instrumentalists Contest in Rio de Janeiro in 1984. In 1986 she joined the Guitar Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, headed by guitar player Turíbio Santos as conductor. In 1987, she was named “Best Brazilian Guitarist of the International Villa Lobos Festival.” By 1987 she had played in Europe, Israel and Brazil with guitarist Françoise-Emmanuelle Denis under the name Duo Romantique. Assad, who sings in English and Portuguese, was voted Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist by the editors of Guitar Playerin 1995. Due to a motor disability she was unable to play between 1998 and 2001, but made a complete recovery and released a collaborative album with Jeff Young in 2002 called Nowhere. She has played and recorded with many notable artists of diverse instrumentation, including percussionist Cyro Baptista, guitarists Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell, and John Abercrombie, and didgeridoo artist Stephen Kent.

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